Due to booking a last minute trip to Kyoto in the middle of sakura season, there were hardly any hotel choices at all, so I decided to stay in this Toyoko Inn. Whichever hotel in the chain you're staying at, the rooms are very similar. It's a reliable budget hotel chain. The rooms are cramped but well planned, as expected l for Japanese business hotels in this price category.
The hotel seemed to be very full at the time, with more tourists than business travellers. Still, the staff managed to deal with this very efficiently and were always very polite.
The complimentary self-serve breakfast in the lobby was Japanese style (onigiri, miso soup, tsukemono, salad, coffee/tea), quite decent actually.
A few things that set this hotel apart from other Toyoko Inn:
Better location than the average Toyoko Inn - centrally located in the downtown area, very close to Shijo-Karasuma station. Free wifi available throughout the hotel - not the case in all Toyoko Inn (and certainly not Japanese hotels in general). Also, the single room had a proper closet, instead of just a few hangers on the wall.
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- Also Known As:
- Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma Hotel Kyoto